Gaultier's butterflies theme takes off in Paris

French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier and burlesque star Dita Von Teese appear at the end of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris

Lightness and movement have been key motifs of the spring/summer 2014 haute couture collections in Paris, and yesterday Jean Paul Gaultier provided his idiosyncratic take on the themes.

Rather than Chanel's sports-influenced running shoes or Dior's airy, aerated fabrics, Gaultier took lightness and movement quite literally. What's lighter and more mobile than a butterfly?

The technique in his clothes was formidable, sometimes so great as to rescue them from the overriding, overpowering and overwrought themes.

Simple black crepe dresses sliced open at the shoulders to form winged sleeves were chic. And, when pushed to the zenith of decoration, even some of that Crazy Horse showgirl schtick stuck.

Towards the end of the show burlesque performer Dita Von Teese darted out in a corset with butterfly markings. (© Independent News Service)

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